Sunday, April 11, 2010

When A Woman Trusts God Bible Study

Find ~ When Jesus saw her sobbing and the Jews with her sobbing, a deep anger welled up within Him. He said, "Where did you put him?" (John 11:33-34 MSG)

How do you deal with life's disappointments, or troubling circumstances? Are you emotional, or quiet? Do you take action, or do you become reserved? Name a recent situation that has been trying? I deal with life's disappointments, by praying, and studying God's word. I am usually emotional, but quiet at the same time. I often keep my emotions to myself, and only share the deep things with my Father God. I take action, doing whatever Father God leads me to do. A recent situation that has been trying, is my dear lovebugs health crisis. But, God is getting me through it.
Read Matthew 14:22-33
22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat, and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. 23After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, 24but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves, because the wind was against it.
25During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.

27But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

28"Lord, if it's You," Peter replied, "tell me to come to You on the water."

29"Come," He said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"

31Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, and caught him. "You of little faith," He said, "why did you doubt?"

32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those who were in the boat, worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God."

Peter exercised great faith in getting out of the boat. What caused Peter to start sinking? He grew afraid, and took his eyes off of Jesus. Yet when he realized this, Peter called out to Jesus to help him.

What did Jesus do about Peter's situation? Jesus reached out His hand to Peter, and saved him from sinking.

What is causing you to sink, and what do you think Jesus will do about your situation? I must never take my eyes off of Jesus, I must have faith, and keep on believing.

Take a few moments and locate some Scripture passages that are especially encouraging to you. List those passages, and write out one you would like to memorize.

Mine for this week is, "He who refreshes, will himself be refreshed." Psalm 11:25.

How does crying out to God, affect your relationship with Him? How do you think God feels, when we cry out to Him? It shows Him, that we trust Him completely with our life, and that we depend upon Him, to help us through everything life throws at us.

Feel ~

Describe a time when you have asked God to intervene in a situation. How did you know God was involved? Christmas Eve night, when my lovebug nearly died, I asked Father God to please intervene, and save his life. I know Father God was very much involved, He saved lovebug's life. Thank You Father God, I give You all the praise, now, and forever.

Did the situation turned out like you prayed it would? How did that make you feel? Yes, He saved lovebug's life, and brought him out of ICU quickly. It made me feel so beyond grateful, and happy.

When he realized he was sinking, Peter cried out to Jesus. When you are sinking emotionally, to whom, or what do you cry out? I cry out to Jesus, and He always hears me, and answers me.

Based on your options for dealing with the most trying situation you are facing, how can you best glorify God in your response? Give Him continual praise, in the storm, and after the storm. Praise His holy name.

Follow ~

What is the difference between crying out to God, and simply crying? Which do you do most often, and why? Crying out to God, is letting all the heartaches, and deep hurt flow out, and into my Father God's heart. Simply crying, is keeping things inside, and trying to deal with your pain alone. I most often, cry out to my Father God, and He always lovingly, and gently wipes my tears away.

Consider Jesus' raising of Lazarus from the dead. In John 11:39, Martha expresses some doubts about Jesus' ability to raise her brother. Martha had more confidence in her knowledge, that her Savior. What does your attitude toward the impossible, say about your faith in Jesus Christ? Nothing is impossible with my God, those things which are impossible with man, are possible with my Father God.

Jesus restored Lazarus's life. Do you believe He can restore the quality of your life? Why or why not? Yes, I believe He can restore the quality of my life, and of lovebug's life. He shows us daily what He can do, by providing for our needs in everyway.

How many times have you, like Martha, struggled, wavered in despair - or sunk into it - not seeing what you expect from God in the here, and now? What are three things you can do daily to prevent from sinking into despair? More times than I care to remember, and yet the solution has always been simple. 1. Begin in prayer, giving it all to Him. 2. Leave your burdens with Him, quit picking them back up. 3. Study His word, and follow His instructions for your life.

Summarize the instructions in Matthew 14:22-33 by completing the following statement:

Because Jesus - Do not be afraid

I will - trust in Him, and keep my eyes focused.

Now write a prayer expressing your desire to wait for God's answer to your prayers. Use this prayer as part of your daily time with God and as an expression of your desire to live with God - honoring patience as you wait for Him to reveal His plan to you.

Dear Father God,

I want to seek Your will for my life everyday, and follow Your path that You have laid out for me. You know my future, because You hold it in Your precious hands. I will patiently wait upon You to reveal what is to be. I love You Father God. Amen


hip chick said...

thank you for sharing that. I know I will be going back to it when I have more time to devote to really taking it in and using it in my prayer time.
I keep you and your lovebug in my prayers. When reading your posts one can feel the love you have for God and the love He has for you as well.

Renee' said...

Thanks for sharing this :)

Karen said...

Beautiful, Denise...

luvmy4sons said...

Wonderful post!

Saleslady371 said...

So glad to read that God is faithfully pulling you through this hard time of testing. Your faith encourages me.

Peggy said...

Blessings Denise...Thanks for sharing this study and your REAL answers! You are the inspiration!!! Just beautiful... Amen to that ever sweet prayer and heart that trusting!

Peace & love ~ Peggy